Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant
Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant

Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hermitagerd.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01462 433603x
  • Hours of Operation:
    We are open 7 days a week with all day dining options -

    RESTAURANT food served
    Mon to Fri 12pm – 2.30pm & 6.30 – 10pm
    Sat 9.30am – 11.30am breakfast & 12 – 10pm
    Sun 9.30am – 11.30am breakfast & 12 – 8pm

    BAR food served
    Mon to Sat 12pm – 9.30 pm
    Sun 12pm – 8pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, British, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Kumour Uddin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a Private Room with a capacity for 20 people with conference facitlites available for day/evening hire.
  • Private Party Contact: Ellene Immelman 01462433603x
  • Entertainment: Magical Mayhem Bar Magic and live music - 3rd Thursday evenings monthly
    Sunday acoustic sessions 7-9 pm, live music coming your way on the first and last Sunday in the month & ‘happy 2 hours’ on selected cocktails.
  • Special Events: New Year's Eve - gourmet buffet - live music

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Hitchin Train Station is a 10 minute walk away. There are also bus stops on Hermitage Road
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available at the Queen Mother Theatre Car Park or Portmill Car Park, both within a 2 minute walk and free after 6pm.
A word from Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant
Offering the best in high street casual dining within the stunning surroundings of the 'old Hermitage ballroom' - New York loft stripped back style. Winner of BEST FOOD OFFER the Publican Awards 2013 & 2014 & Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013 & 2014. Open plan kitchen serving British cuisine with a bustling atmosphere. 150 cover restaurant & 80 cover bar & specialised coffee shop on the ground floor open during the day.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
282 reviews since 22 May 2014
Average Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.8
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (187)group bookings (141)fit for foodies (120)sunday lunch (101)romance (90)business meals (69)brunch (57)good vegetarian options (38)disabled access (37)child friendly (32)outstanding value (22)pre/post theatre (19)afternoon tea (12)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • Perfect place for a celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Had a great evening for our daughters 18th Birthday . Service was excellent , couldn't have been looked after better. Food was very good quality although a bit pricey with vegetable portions very small. That said we knew that before we went and it was a special ocassion
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No other restaurant quite like it
    MmmSundayRoast
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Hermitage Road Bar was recommended to us by a friend, we went and tried it and were very impressed. So this time we took another couple with us and they were equally impressed. I can't think of another restaurant quite like this one to compare it to, as you enter for the first time you will be very pleasantly surprised that someone had the brilliant idea of turning what was an old Ballroom into this stylish restaurant. Then you'll be impressed at the speedy and polite service from all of the staff - and as if that weren't enough you'll love the food! This time we purposely got there early enough to visit the bar first for a pre-deal drink and a chat - perfect!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    Cath2015
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Having dined here many times it always seems to come up a bit short. Our server was excellent but the hosting staff terrible. Food was okay but expected more. We had Sunday lunch and the food was cooked well but a but boring.
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  • Perfect
    Foodie123
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    From start to finish it was great especially the service (as well as food of course). We asked for lots of little extras and they got it all correct!
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toooobi
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Used to be much better value for money. Also the menu option are quite limited
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    special occasions
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  • Been better
    Karlie1976
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We have eaten here numerous times and also gone in just for drinks. Food wasn't as good as what it has been, in our opinion, less choice, shame the Pork chop has gone along with no option for a chicken breast from the grill (not a burger or salad person). Atmosphere was brilliant and there was an acoustic singer for a couple of hours. Would still come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant as always
    Lisaispink
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great service, great food and a lovely place to go. Not the cheapest but by far the best
    Special Features:
    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat,great experience
    local1
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    This is a great place to eat, a great choice on menu and pretty good value, with knowledgeable, professional and friendly service. They have a good choice of specials that are well worth going for. Suitable for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we were reccomended to visit!
    MmmSundayRoast
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    A friend recommended us to visit Hermitage Road Bar & restaurant, so we had no real knowledge of the place previously. Our visit couldn't have been more successful! We were asked if we wanted to go to the bar first or straight to our table. The waitress made us feel very welcome, wasn't rushed (in fact she told us a bit about the fascinating history of the building) the food was well cooked, beautifully presented and speedily delivered. Couldn't ask for more even though the prices were a little higher than some other local places. We were so pleased that we have already booked to take some friends back there in a couple of weeks!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Hermitage rd
    Rob25
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Lovely, attentive staff. Perfect portions of beautiful food. Classy but not pretentious. Worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meal for two
    TeeEll
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    I took my girlfriend there for our 1 year anniversary, the food was amazing and the staff were brilliant. When i booked the table I mentioned about it being our anniversary and they brought out a lovely pudding which had happy anniversary written in chocolate sauce. Over all the restaurant is beautiful and i am very happy.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Such a shame they we're slow food was good but we went home for pud. Go early of you got kids mine were Hungery then past it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Great restaurant, brilliant atmosphere. Only criticism is that the menu could do with changing now. I've been here about 5/6 times and they should think about varying the menu a little more. Still a great place to go though!
    Special Features:
    group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Chars21st
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Meal for 7 in aid of my Daughters 21st. Lovely table and set up with my balloons although did purchase 21 confetti but this wasn't used! Great meal and service, Had to wait more towards the end but the restaurant was very busy by then. My daughter loved it, that was the main thing. A special restaurant for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • enjoyable meal
    lwls
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Five of us ate here mid-week; the restaurant was busy, the menu seems slightly limited and fairly fixed - i.e. no daily specials but it is a very popular venue. We didn't have a designated server,which I found a bit disconcerting,although overall the service was friendly . Came here when they first opened and it's heartening to see how well they've done with such a large space.
    Special Features:
    group bookings
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  • Lovely!
    sophiachick1
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Really nice restaurant. Great food. We have the Hermitage sharing platter to start, then lobster & steak for main. We even made room for dessert as they were so yummy! Nice wine list and great building with very high ceiling, brick walls with steel like furnishings. Very cool :)
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely brilliant!
    Giniebum
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    My husband & I went for our anniversary. Fantastic choice as we'd not been. Food, staff & atmosphere were all great. Very friendly & a lovely selection of good & drinks.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    Pablo
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Very busy Wednesday evening, with live music and a buzzing bar; we were celebrating my daughters birthday. Seated promptly at 9pm, but took a while to take our food order. The food was very tasty, as always, and good volume. The service was poor this time, with 3 or 4 waiters/waitresses taking various orders, not coordinated, and forgetting to bring drinks. Bit of a mess, really. I did leave a tip (I shouldn't have), and we will go back as the atmosphere and menus are unique in and around Hitchin.
    Special Features:
    brunch, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish as always
    Woolmary
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We eat a reasonable amount at The Hermitage and the service is always impeccable as is the food. Always a lovely buzzy atmosphere and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    We booked for a special birthday and were very impressed with the effort the staff put into the evening. Well made cocktails on arrival (strawberry mojitos are great) and well thought out wine list. We were given a lovely booth, the service was fantastic and the food gorgeous. A lovely slate board with Happy Birthday in white chocolate and ice cream was a really lovely gesture, my daughter really enjoyed her evening. We would highly recommend although if you are looking for an intimate atmosphere for a romantic date, this probably isn't the right venue for you.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Amazing service and amazing food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    As we walked in we were greated by friendly wait staff and it didnt just stop there. It was girlfriends birthday that day and we had gone to the Eitz in London for lunch and I have to say that your service was 10 times better than those at the Ritz. They made our night! Also the food was incredible. I could not fault a single thing. Thank you for such a good evening!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Get first impression - door staff checked if I had a reservation which seemed professional. Went straight in and had a table to sit at even though it was very busy and food was served within good time. Both meals tasted great and there was a great atmosphere. Only disappointment was that they didn't serve BBQ sauce which I was surprised at!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely place, good food
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    We went to celebrate our engagement having been there for my birthday the previous year. Lovely place, has a New York edge to it. Service was great, food to high standards albeit on the pricey side. They even brought out a desert plate with "Happy Engagement" written in white chocolate sauce which was sweet although we did find we were charged for the scoop of icecream which we didn't order but I didn't want to spoil the meal by questioning this! Overall would recommend as a good venue for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience everytime...
    AllenP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I go to the Hermitage every couple of weeks, always at different times and for different reasons, and i cant fault it in anyway each time. Great staff and service, amazing food, lovely ambience and a good winelist! Well done again....
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Great food and ambience
    Fangorn
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My wife and I have been aiming to come here for some time, so a special birthday visit seemed just right, and we were not disappointed. The food and wine were excellent, the service attentive but not overwhelming, the portions just right. Getting there early, and chosing to sit away from the kitchen and bar was a good choice, since we were able to talk without shouting. Certainly a place to remember for the future.
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    business meals
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great with friends
    Mush42
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I have enjoyed dinner at Hermitage Road with friends before and also enjoyed lunch on this occasion. For me there is more choice for the evening menu, however, the quality of food is excellent and service was good. The bar area is also great for just drinks or bar snacks. Would highly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Hertfordshire's Best
    tomrday
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Sometimes finding a really nice restaurant in Hertfordshire can be a bit tricky. There are loads of gastropubs and the like but it is often hard to find a good, modern restaurant for special occasions. Hermitage Rd is such a restaurant - great atmosphere, delicious food and plenty of helpful staff. The prices are a bit on the London side, but then you get what you pay for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Beautiful food in a funky setting
    Beccy
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We had great food here for my husband's birthday - it doesn't have as many veggie options as I would like but what we did have was great. BBQ king prawns really good value as you get 10 big ones plus slaw, fries and sweetcorn. The steak also looked quite big and well cooked. The specials were really imaginative - pulled pork, in a ball of bubble and squeak with slaw and chorizo - looked great! Friendly service plus lovely atmosphere and bar was good too. Didn't have desert - was too full but the sharing platter looked like a great option. Will definitely be back!
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    special occasions
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  • Usually good, but was disappointed
    Stickgirl
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    Visited The Hermitage on a weekday evening. The menu is a bit tired by now. Some of the food was great, other was just OK. Rump steak with surf and turf was tough. Also forgot to bring the "jumbo" prawns with meal. Starters were also mixed up. Staff was friendly, but our server wasn't knowledgable about a few things on the menu. Didn't really seem bothered that she couldn't answer our question. Cocktails were FAB!
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    brunch
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  • High Quality Hidden Gem
    mike
    Dined on 29/7/2014
    Hermitage road doesnt look much from outside, but you go upstairs and it opens up into a beautifully ex-dance hall with an airy feel and lovely tall windows. The food is a cut above anything I have had for a good while at the same time. It takes the food seriously but it is so unpretentious its not true. The service is excellent, polite, attentive but not overbearing. I've never left a review for a restuarant before but the experience was so good I felt compelled!
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic & made Mum's birthday x
    Claire
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    My Dad who is usually very fussy cleared both his main and dessert plates.....and asked "when are we coming back"? my Parents and Aunty absolutely loved their experience.
    Special Features:
    brunch, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    NattyNatNat
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    This has got to be the best and tastiest roast I have ever had! Nicely presented, loved the way the veges were preped and cooked. Just awesome and will definitely be returning! Lush!
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    Sunday lunch
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  • evening meal
    overheated
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    The waitresses was excellent the food excellent the two courses we had but was unable to stay in the restaurant because I started to feel ill because it was so hot in the restaurant and left before we had dessert which spoilt a lovely evening and we ended up having dessert at another restaurant once we had cooled down
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    romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely food but not enough aircon
    HermNeighbour
    Dined on 22/7/2014
    The food and drink was really nice but we went on a hot day and the main room was really hot and sticky.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    Fabulous evening at Hermitage on 19th July. Table was booked for 18:45 with the usual 2 hour time limit ..... we went over that time slightly - but weren't hassled at all. Food & service first rate!
    Special Features:
    brunch, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • GD review
    GDouttodinner
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    Took my wife and 89 year old mother for an evening meal. Both loved the place and the over all impression was good. Having once bopped up there in the 40/50 and 60 eras(between us) when it was a ballroom, it was so good to see some of the original brickwork still maintained... .the only downside was we waited a while for coffee after the meal. But this was my third visit and it won't be my last. It's a great place for all ages... keep it up guys...
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Perfect anniversary meal
    NattyC
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    We do eat quite regularly at Hermitage Road, but had an extra special meal there last Saturday for our 1st Wedding Anniversary. Friendly, extremely helpful staff and we even got a specially prepared dessert saying 'Happy Anniversary' in chocolate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the ribs!
    JftB
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The ribs are amazing! We also shared the seafood platter which was very good. Only downside is that the kitchen is in the main room and they dont seem to have sorted out the extractor fa, and there's a blueish haze in the air - every time i go I come away smelling like i worked in the kitchen for the entire visit.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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  • Popular town centre restaurant
    goonerdavem
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Have eaten here a couple of times and in each case the food was very good, with a simple menu and some good specials. The wine and beer is also excellent. It has been busy on each occasion so I would recommend booking in advance. As it is busy, you might want to ask for a table around the outside as it can get noisy in the central area.
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    business meals
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  • Great birthday meal
    hyper1
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    Had a wonderful meal here on Saturday night. excellent choice of wines and food was scrummy, I thought good value for what we received. Service was attentive even though they were packed and very busy. Thank you!
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    special occasions
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